ASSEMBLY WOMEN AND CHILDREN COMMITTEE

 

STATEMENT TO

 

ASSEMBLY, No. 2682

 

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

 

DATED: †FEBRUARY 24, 2014

 

††††† The Assembly Women and Children Committee reports favorably Assembly Bill No. 2682.

††††† This bill will extend the time period in which newly born children are covered under their parentís health benefits coverage to 90 days after birth. Current law limits the coverage of newly born children to 30 days from their birth. At the conclusion of 30 days, the child will be without coverage, unless the parents enroll the child in a private health benefits coverage policy or in a State or federal program, such as FamilyCare.

††††† The 30 day deadline can be problematic for some parents to meet and may cause an unnecessary stress on the parents. This bill will provide a longer period of time for children to be covered under their parentsí health benefits coverage which will assist new parents and ensure that children have access to adequate health care during the critical first few months of life.